capture of 799 suspects

Yunnan destroys its wildlife animal products

(Rough translation)

"Operation Flying Eagle" concluded with the capture of 799 suspects.

From 1st March-31st May 2008, the SFA, Public Security Bureau, Customs and State Commerce Administration coordinated "Operation Flying Eagle" to bust illegal activities associated with forest and wildlife resource nationwide. Yunnan Province extended its Operation until 31st October.

At 9 am yesterday, Yunnan Forestry Public Security Bureau held a press conference. According to the Forestry Public Security Bureau Committee Secretary/Bureau Chief, Mr. Xia Liuchang, the provincial government uncovered 547 cases that are associated with wild animals and plants, arrested 799 suspects, dismantled 38 criminal gangs, and over 4,228 forestry-related cases.

At the end of the conference, the police ushered attendees to an abandoned quarry in Kunming where the products confiscated from "Operation Flying Eagle" were put together and destroyed. Some of the destroyed animal products included 398 skins – some of which were tigers, leopards and bears – and 267 other items that included tiger penises, bear paws, pangolin scales etc., 228.7 kg of snake skins, dried snake, deer tendons etc. The destruction marked the conclusion of "Operation Flying Eagle".

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